Please find attached a copy of the “Notice to Class of Proposed Settlement of Franklin v. Kinsley.” Franklin et al. v. Kinsley, formerly known as Hawkins et al. v. Cohen, is a federal lawsuit filed in 2017. This case was certified by the Court as a class action lawsuit on behalf of N.C. Medicaid beneficiaries.
In this lawsuit, the Plaintiffs allege that the N.C. Medicaid agency, along with county Departments of Social Services (DSS), was terminating and reducing Medicaid benefits without considering eligibility under all Medicaid categories and without first providing timely and adequate written notice, in violation of federal Medicaid statute and the U.S. Constitution. The Defendant denied those allegations.
The Court has ordered that class members be notified of the proposed Settlement Agreement.
The attached notice in both English and Spanish is required to be posted in a prominent location within every county department of Social Services no later than Tuesday, November 15, 2022, and on local agency websites, no later than Wednesday, November 16, 2022. The notice must remain posted for at least six weeks.
This notice contains important information regarding details of the Settlement Agreement:
· Where the full Settlement Agreement can be found for review
· Beneficiary rights to object the lawsuit dismissal.
It is imperative for this notice to be posted for no less than six weeks.